Cooking at the beach!

While Myrtle Beach does have its fair share of delicious restaurants, sometimes nothing is better than a home-cooked meal after spending the day in the sun. Surfside Realty has many houses perfect for the chef of the family.

Crown Jewel is a particular favorite, with its large, open kitchen and tons of counter space. The oceanfront dining room completes a perfect backdrop for any family meal. Enjoy your dessert poolside or on the covered porch overlooking the beach. If you want to experience a truly southern meal, try your hand at making a Lowcountry Boil with fresh corn, shrimp, sausage, and potatoes.

There's no better house for a classic oyster roast than Manatee Mansion. The large kitchen inside is complimented by a gas grille and tiki bar adjacent to the private pool. Grab a shucker and enjoy grilled oysters poolside. There's plenty of outdoor seating for your family and friends, or you can enjoy the view from two of the large front porches.

Not sure where to buy ingredients? The Waccamaw Market Cooperative provides Farmer's Markets around town through the end of October. Grab snacks from a variety of vendors while you stock up on fresh produce from local farms. Artisans will be selling their unique crafts, so it's also a perfect place to pick up a souvenir from your trip.

Sunscreen Tips for your Surfside Beach Vacation

We love the sun and surf on our beautiful South Carolina coast, but the importance of using sunscreen when you’re outside cannot be overstated. We want our guests to enjoy their vacations, not spend it hurting and peeling. However, even when we have the best of intentions, we aren’t thorough enough with our sunscreen use. Here are a few tips for keeping your family safe in the sun:

 

  1. Look for “Broad Spectrum” sunscreen

Broad spectrum means that it protects from UVA and UVB rays, which both play a part in the development of melanoma.

 

  1. Apply early and often

Especially on children and fair skin individuals, you need to apply your sunscreen before you get to the beach and apply every 45 minutes to an hour after that. Try looking for sweat and waterproof formulas if your kids are going to be romping in the waves.

 

  1. Watch the wind

If you’re applying a sunscreen that sprays on, be sure to block the wind as much as possible. It’s easy for it to blow away and not actually hit your skin, which means you’re prone to a burn.

 

  1. Use sunscreen specialized for your face

Many companies offer face-specific sunscreen options and these are worth purchasing. Face formulas are usually stronger and don’t sting if it gets in your eyes from sweat or getting dunked in the pool.

 

  1. Don’t skip it on a cloudy day

Sometimes, cloudy days are the best time to go to the beach. There are fewer crowds and the heat isn’t as extreme. However, do not miss your sunscreen application on these days. UVA and UVB rays can come through the clouds with ease and burn your skin!

 

  1. Use an umbrella for shade

Umbrellas and small tents are permitted on Surfside Beach as long as they don’t impede the lifeguards’ views. Seek shade in the height of the afternoon when the sun’s rays are at its strongest.

If you do get burned, try using aloe and coconut oil to soothe your skin. And moisturize often to stave off the peeling. If you have blisters, see a physician.

What are your favorite sunscreen tips or favorite brands to utilize?

Things to do in Myrtle Beach When You're Tired of the Sand

Myrtle Beach vacations are typically full of a whole of sun and a plethora of sand. But, when the sand becomes too much and you’re ready for a change of pace, the area also boasts plenty of sand free activities.

Here are our top recommendations for things to do in Myrtle Beach when you’re tired of the sand:

Go see a show at Alabama Theatre.

Alabama Theatre is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike. Offering their own Broadway-style show, ONE The Show, most nights of the week, visitors will get the chance to see an outstanding performance that offers an excellent respite from the sand and the sun.

Pro tip: during the summer months, kids tickets for ONE The Show are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

 

Spend time at the Ripley’s Aquarium or other Ripley’s attractions.

The Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach is a top-notch aquarium that will offer you and your family the opportunity to enjoy an up-close and personal experience with some amazing sea creatures. In addition to Ripley’s Aquarium, Ripley’s also boasts other attractions like Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, Haunted Adventure, Moving Theater, Mirror Maze all located in Myrtle Beach. Each Ripley’s attraction offers some fun, family time and a chance to take a break from the sand!

Pro tip: for even more special experience, sign up for one of the aquarium’s Sharks After Dark Family Sleepover events held during summer and fall months.

 

Have fun at Broadway Grand Prix.

Friendly competition and a whole lot of family fun await at Broadway Grand Prix. With 7 go kart tracks, an arcade, mini golf, a rock wall, bumper cars and a kids zone, there’s plenty of activities to keep you and your family entertained.

Pro tip: buy your tickets on their website to save on the overall ticket package price.

 

Try out different mini golf courses.

Just a quick drive through Myrtle Beach will tell you that the area is home to a plethora of different mini golf courses. When you’ve finally gotten tired of the sand, mini golf offers the perfect fun and family-friendly escape.


Pro tip: many mini golf courses in the area stay open late during the summer which offers a great late night activity.